Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crafting Inspiration

We're back with some fabulous mid-week inspiration from our International Inspiration Team! If you're looking for some crafty ideas, you will love these fun projects:


Tenia chose to not color her butterfly, and it is really striking on the purple and blue background!


Annette used her Spectrum Noir blendable pencils (81, 82 ,83, 97 ,98 ,99), paper stumps and blending solution to make this sweet card.


Donna made this adorable gift bag with her Spectrum Noir markers (PL4, PL2, PL1 Blender TN4, TN3, TN2, TN1, OR1, GB5, CT4, CG3, CG2, CG1, EB1) and pencils (90,94,22,39,106,87).
 

Annette created another sample, this time for a festive occasion! She used her Spectrum Noir blendable pencils (01, 02, 03, 04, 26, 27, 28, 34, 45, 46, 47), paper stumps and blending solution.

We hope you're inspired to get out your favorite crafty supplies and get creative! See the products our team used by clicking any of the pictures below:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Tutorial: Free as a Bird By Allie Gower

Hi Everyone!  We hope you had a fabulous weekend of creating & are ready for another inspirational week.  Allie Gower is starting off this week for on the blog with a gorgeous card she made using the Sheena Douglass set called "Free as a Bird".  She colored the image with her Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils.


Allie made this video to show everyone the Step by Step Tutorial on how she made her card.  

For best viewing, go full screen once the video begins to play.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Introducing Vintage Christmas


Thank you so much for all the fabulous comments we’ve had from you over the last few days, since we gave you a sneak peek of the gorgeous Vintage Christmas collection! We’re thrilled to announce that the Vintage Christmas collection is now available to buy on the website!


To celebrate the launch, we’ve put together a fabulous launch offer for you, where you’ll save 25% when you buy the complete Vintage Christmas collection. Multibuys are available on the embossing folders in the range too!


Click here to view the whole Vintage Christmas papercrafting collection now!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Die'sire Dies!


We’re so excited to be able to announce the launch of our fabulous dies range - Die’sire! The amazing range of multi-purpose Die’sire templates fuse beautiful and intricate designs with ultimate crafting adaptability. Our top quality dies will work with most leading die-cutting machines and can be used to create 3D shapes from paper or card, cut shapes for use in papercrafting projects and the dies can also be used as a stencil template!


PLUS our stamping frame dies provide an intricate and elegant frame for your card features, for example stamped images, sentiments and more! The Doily dies will accent your card embellishments perfectly too! If you’re after die-cut alphabets and numbers to truly personalize your card-making projects, the 1” alphabet range is for you!


This full range of dies is available now at CraftersCompanion.com! And don't miss out on our special launch offer (details below)!



See the dies here:
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tutorial: Tag Mini Album

This week, Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir are sponsoring the challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  The challenge this week is to use a tag on your project.  You can create anything from a handmade gift tag to a tag mini album, as long as you add tags to a scrapbook layout or a greeting card. Using some tags that Trena had on hand, she made this amazing tag book.

Here's what she shared on her blog this week:


I pulled out the tags I have in my stash and to my surprise it was a lot! 



I decided to make a tag journal - a journal of different techniques that I can refer to for ideas. I used a spiral tag journal - which I've had sooooo long, the company went out of business. You can also use loose tags and put them together with a ring, adhere them in a journal book, or slide them into a binder. Below, I've included photos and supplies I used on tags inside the journal

For this technique I used Fireworks Sprays - rosebud red, lady bug, tangelo - with a stencil. I sprayed through the stencil on one tag, then flipped the stencil over onto another tag  and pressed down to get the negative image.  Look at that beautiful sheen!


For this one I sprayed water directly onto the right tag, then spritzed color - danube blue, grape jelly, paris dusk, lady bug,  then pressed a clean tag over it to get two for one.  The wet side blended nicely and the dry side gave a speckled look - I dig both! NOTE: the colors dry a little lighter than when they are wet.


After it completely dried I stamped the table image from Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden on the blended side with a Memento Luxe Ink Pad - Wedding Dress, sprinkled with emboss powder and heat set.


To add dimension to the table and chairs, I used Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 080, 082Spectrum Noir Blending Solution and a Spectrum Noir Paper Stump.




For the cover, I spritzed water then sprayed paris dusk, pear tart, summer sky.  After it dried completely, I stamped the butterfly images from Paint Fusion EZMount Stamp Set - Butterfly with Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad, sprinkled with emboss powder and heat set.  I poured small amounts of  summer sky, cottage green, paris dusk and rose bud into a little plastic pallet and used a water-brush to paint the butterflies. The sparkle from the sprays is so pretty!


I deepened the colors and added detail in the butterflies with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 031, 072.


For this tag, I sponged over a piece of cardstock from a scalloped die cut with an Ink Sweeper and Radiant Neon ink pad - electric blue and then stamped flowers from Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden in electric purple, electric pink, electric coral and electric orange.



The next one is one of my favs. I spritzed Fireworks Sprays - dandelion, cottage ivy and pear tart. I first tried spritzing directly to the stamp, but I did not get the detail I wanted. I spritzed color onto felt then tapped that onto the rubber (image from Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden) and then stamped onto the tag. I dig the subtle shimmering detail!


NOTES
(1)  I laid down a piece of card stock under the tags when I sprayed to catch all the yummy ink colors. I'll use them later as backgrounds for something else.
(2) Because I used both sides of the tags, the colors did bleed through. Since I was using sprays and layers of color, the extra color just added to the effect on the following tag.
(3) I did not fill in all the pages. It's a journal - a work in progress. I'll fill the pages in time. :)

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